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Marine Life Photographs by Steve Munch

by Stephanie Hogue

“Black Honu”

I have been a photographer for a long time…25 years to be exact. I have also seen a lot of photos. When I saw the work of Steve Munch, my breath was taken away. His work has a simplicity and elegance I have never seen before when it comes to wildlife. It almost looks as though it were photographed in a controlled environment like a studio. If I had not been by his side for some of these shots, I may have been suspicious. His work celebrates the beauty of these ocean dwellers that many of us will never get to see so up close and intimate.

“Gray Heart”

The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.

– Jacques Cousteau

“Dolphin Breath”
“Mother and Baby”
“Pelicans in Flight”

World Whale Day

Breaching whale

“For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it.” – Jacques-Yves Cousteau

As nature photographers with an emphasis on the ocean and marine wildlife, we spend a lot of time on the ocean. The earth’s largest mammal never ceases to take our breath away… each and every encounter is so special.

Fascinating facts about whales

  • Gray whales have one of the longest yearly migrations of any mammal…up to 10,000 miles round trip.
  • Killer whales can live more than 100 years
  • The Blue whale is the largest animal on the planet…weighing as much as 200 tons.
  • Male humpbacks are known for their songs which can be heard for miles underwater and repeated for hours during breeding season.
Transient Orca hunting near Anacapa Island, Channel Islands National Park.
Gray Whale off the coast of Ventura, California with Anacapa Island in the background.

“Ocean Blues” Exhibit

Ventura ArtWalk October 6 & 7th

Join us in Downtown Ventura for a complete weekend of festivities celebrating the art community in Ventura, California. Our art exhibit features the ocean inspired photography of Steve Munch and Stephanie Hogue. From dreamy seascapes to crashing waves and everything in between, the collection captures the many moods and captivating beauty of the ocean.

10% of Sales during ArtWalk will be donated to Mission Blue, a global coalition to inspire an upwelling of public awareness, access and support for a worldwide network of marine protected areas – Hope Spots.

Ventura ArtWalk at Latitudes Fine Art Gallery
401 E. Main St
Ventura, CA 93001
Saturday, October 6th, 11am-6pm
Sunday, October 7th, noon to 5pm

Breathtaking Moments in the Camargue

“Moments that take your breath away”… As a photographer, this is what I live for. I recently was so fortunate to get to travel to the south of France and join a small group of photographers on a weekend filled with awe inspiring and breathtaking beauty.
I was immediately enamored with their powerful beauty and playful curiosity. This ancient breed of horses are semi wild but cared for by the guardians (cowboys) who dedicate their lives to these amazing creatures. It was so special to observe the relationships between the horses and also the bonds with the guardians.

After galloping through the water they would take breaks by playfully rolling in the sand, or soaking up the sunshine as the salt water dried on their glistening coats. Other more curious horses would come up close, nudging for a scratch or give us a little nibble. They are known for their intelligence, agility and stamina.

There were lots of foals… ready and eager to get in on the fun. The babies are born a darker color and lighten as they get older.

Being marshland, it was best to dress for deep water so we could get in close. One misstep and that would be the end of my camera gear.

       

This guy had a sense of humor and enjoyed sneaking up and tugging on my scarf when I wasn’t watching!

Images are available now in the Ventura, California, gallery and on the website.

Join us for an opening reception for this new collection:

July 21, 2018
6-8pm
Light Refreshments
Latitudes Fine Art Gallery
401 E. Main St.
Ventura, CA 93001
805-642-5257

 

“Community Strong” Arts & Eats Jan 20, 2018

Join us this Saturday for our “Community Strong” show
celebrating this wonderful place that we call home.

Saturday, January 20, 2018 6-8pm.
401 E. Main St Ventura, CA

All Ventura and Two Trees poster sales will be donated to the #ThomasFireFund

During the event we will be announcing the donation amount raised from our 2018 Ventura Calendar for the Thomas Fire Fund, and to keep the love flowing, we will be donating all poster sales during the event to the Thomas Fire Fund. Thank you for being the change and making a difference!

This disaster has changed the landscape of our land, lives and hearts. We will never forget, but we will rise again, together, stronger than ever. Thank you for being a part of our Latitudes Family.

“Community Strong”

In the last few weeks, our community has been rocked with a devastating fire and heartbreaking mudslide.  This place that we call home looks very different, and it feels very different.

We have a unique niche- part art, and part heart.  When our Latitudes Family stops by now, we ask for their status update and hold our breath.  More often than not, our exhale is with relief that their homes were spared… but sometimes it is a sigh of sorrow.  We love our community and hate to see it suffering.
One thing we weren’t expecting, was to hear from our Latitudes Family who lost their homes, so quickly after the fire.  It seemed strange to us that replacing lost artwork was so high on anyone’s list.  But we came to discover something we never really knew before-  artwork has a power that we just don’t realize.  When you are uprooted unexpectedly, and staring at blank walls in a new place with nothing that feels like home, familiar artwork can be the anchor that you need to begin to recover again.  Looking around a room and seeing your favorite little turtle or landscape of your town, or the pier that you and your partner picked out years ago, can give you hope for tomorrow.  We didn’t know how much our artwork impacted people on such a subconscious level until now, and we are truly humbled by it.  Objects carry with them energy and stories. To hear that “she just wants her Two Trees back on the wall”, breaks our hearts and opens us up deeper and in new ways, every time.  It makes us understand ourselves and others better, it makes us better artists, and, better humans.
This Saturday is our first Arts & Eats since the Thomas Fire.  We are dedicating the event to our community.  We will be highlighting images of our hillsides and towns impacted by fire to remind us all that we are stronger together and that we will rebuild, recover, and grow.  That there is hope for tomorrow.

During the event we will be announcing the donation amount raised from our 2018 Ventura Calendar for the Thomas Fire Fund, and to keep the love flowing, we will be donating all poster sales during the event to the Thomas Fire Fund.  Thank you for being the change and making a difference!

This disaster has changed the landscape of our land, lives and hearts.  We will never forget, but we will rise again, together, stronger than ever.  Thank you for being a part of our Latitudes Family.

 

Art Gifts- Designer & Consultant Picks

Art gifts- Designer & Consultant Picks

Stephanie and Steve are constantly taking new photos so each year we like to ask our designer and consultants what pieces stand out for them in 2017. Here’s what they had to say!

Our designer’s favorite: “Rainbow Eucalyptus” on metal in 25″x50″. “I love pieces that you can get lost in.  There is so much to discover and it’s new every time I look at it.”- Tasha

Our Consultant, Kelsea’s pick, “Fire & Ice” on Metal. “I love how the glowing lava pierces through the image and the vibrant contrast it creates with the water and rocks. Definitely a powerful statement piece!”

Our Consultant, Brianna’s pick, “Happy Honu” on Metal. “I love how this piece attracts guests of all ages! It’s like watching a high def television on pause.”

Our Consultant, Alex’s pick, “Orca at Arch Rock” on acrylic. “I love seeing my favorite creature through Steve’s eyes and the acrylic really makes it come to life!”

Art Gifts- Photographer Picks

Art gifts- Photographer Picks

Our photographers, Steve and Stephanie, have the unique combination of image and experience. Here are two images they treasure:

Steve’s Pick: 40″x60″ “Surreal Spinners” on Metal.

“Being on the NaPali coast is special enough on it’s own, but then to be surrounded by a curious pod of spinner dolphins, was an experience I will never forget.”- Steve Munch

Stephanie’s Pick: 36″x72″ “Seaside Sunset” on Canvas.

“I love my doodle Cali to the beach and this is one of our favorite spots. This image just feels so peaceful and reminds me of those little moments.” – Stephanie Hogue

Art Gifts for Her

Art gifts for Her

“Silky Rocks” by Stephanie Hogue

Give her an art gift that will satisfy all her cravings.  Images with many things to discover and a calming scene will hit the mark.  These images are our most popular selections “for her” in the gallery:

“Dahlia” by Stephanie Hogue

“Mustard Flowers” by Stephanie Hogue

“Seaside Sunset” by Stephanie Hogue

“Destination” by Stephanie Hogue

 

“Purple Fields” by Stephanie Hogue

“Golden Pathway” by Stephanie Hogue

“Sunset Sail” by Stephanie Hogue

“Waimea Pier” by Steve Munch

“Spring Blossoms” by Stephanie Hogue

 

Art Gifts- Customer Favorites

Art gifts- Customer Favorites

 

Sometimes we need to take all the guesswork out of gift giving.  Our customer favorites are an easy way to give a gift that will please.  Out of every image and every size and material, these are the combinations that always come out on the top with our customers.

“Wooden Pier” wrap canvas triptych

“Sunrise Cauldron” metal

“Waterman’s View” acrylic

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